Man dies after assault – police launch investigation

DEATH INQUIRY: Scott Hall, 28, of Caterhouse Road, Newton Hall, Durham.
DEATH INQUIRY: Scott Hall, 28, of Caterhouse Road, Newton Hall, Durham.
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AN INVESTIGATION has been launched into the death of a man, who has died days after he was assaulted.

Scott Hall, 28, was found by members of his family unconscious at his home in Caterhouse Road, in the Newton Hall area of Durham, at around 8pm on Saturday.

They raised the alarm and he was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham, where in the early hours of today he died without regaining consciousness.

While a post mortem examination is to take place later today to try to determine a formal cause of death, police are also investigating an assault on Mr Hall which happened 11 days ago.

At around 10.15pm on the night of Thursday, July 24, he was assaulted near to Newton Hall library, at the junction of Carr House Drive and Alnwick Road.

He was taken to hospital for treatment and was later released.

Police have spoken to a number of people who witnessed the incident.

Last night and earlier this morning two youths from Newton Hall, both aged 15, were arrested in connection with the assault.

They are in custody at Durham city police station where they will be interviewed later today.

Scott has been described by his family as having physical and learning disabilities and he lived with his mother, Carol.

His younger sister, Zoe lives nearby.

The senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Steve Chapman said: “At this stage we are treating Scott’s death as unexplained but obviously a main line of enquiry will be to establish if there is any connection with the assault on him on July 24.

“We are carrying out house to house enquiries in Newton Hall and would be keen to hear from anyone who might have seen the assault.”

Anyone with information should ring 101 and ask to speak to the Major Crime Team at Chester-le-Street police office, on extension 661 4961/2363.

They can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.